Aug 9, 2013 7:36 PM by Brian White

Border agents seize nearly $310K in drugs Thursday

DOUGLAS - A 40-year-old Mexican national and an 18-year-old Tucson woman were arrested yesterday in connection with separate attempts to smuggle drugs through the Port of Douglas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jorge Enrique Diaz-Lopez after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to eight packages of heroin hidden under the backseat of his Nissan truck. The drugs weighed nearly 18 pounds, and an estimated value of $244,147.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested last night after officers located 137 packages of marijuana hidden throughout the Lincoln sedan she was driving. The narcotics, weighing 147 pounds with an estimated value $66,290, were hidden in the trunk; rear quarter panels; inside the front and rear seats; the engine compartment and front bumper.

Diaz and the Tucson woman were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles in both cases were processed for seizure.


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